What's New

This week we’re highlighting our Upstate Side-Project Retreat, sharing all the new movie nights, craft clubs & workshops to hit this weekend, and introducing you to our cool new friend: Elise Ballegeer of Lahn Shop.

Culture Corner


Cool friend Anna Gordon & her team at The Good Batch just opened up their second bakery location at Pier 57 on the west side & we can’t wait to visit! Go show their first Manhattan spot some love and grab one of their scones or biscuits (our favorite) nowwww - ppen everyday 11am-7pm.


Downtown modern Indian gastropub, Baar Baar, will be hosting a series of delish & unique Guest Chef dinners this Spring (peep the graphic to see the full line-up). There is an amazing roster of chefs that will be joining chef Sujan Sarkar in the kitchen like chef Bryce Shuman of Sweetbriar – the chefs will be preparing a 4-course collaborative menu, plus 2 canapes and a welcome cocktail. Tickets are avail for the first dinner here!

LOOK (at art)

The newest gallery show we are drooling over at Uprise, is now on!! In Universe, Understood, artists (and friends) Evi O. and David Esquivel use a colorful, abstract visual language to make sense of the world we inhabit through contemplative and speculative paintings. The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, April 6 - May 4th at Uprise Art, located at 264 Canal Street #4W in Tribeca.


Wowza Hangout, a Brooklyn based community that helps people make new friends is hosting a free screening of Everything Everywhere All At Once this Sunday at McCarren Park House at 6PM. There will be games to help people meet each other and food & drinks available for purchase at the bar :) RSVP is free - a mobile ticket is required for check in at the door.


Astoria favorite local eco friendly shop, Earth and Me, is hosting a fun workshop next Saturday the 15th. As Spring approaches, The Surrealist Tarot Collage Art Pop-Up (led by artist Sarah Gallina) is the perfect spot to channel the spontaneous processes of surrealism born in 1924 in the cafes of Paris. This is a workshop for art lovers of any experience level, and anyone drawn to Tarot. Grab tickets here!


Is work just not…working? On April 13, Skillshare and Shopify are hosting a brand-new Day Job to Dream Job event  at 131 Greene Street, 5-8:30p for those looking to take the next step in their creative careers—whether that’s selling art online, building your own brand, or learning new skills as a creative entrepreneur. Tickets are $10, which includes light food & beverages, a photo studio for professional headshots (!), a build-your-own swag station, hands-on lessons, an intimate Q&A with author-illustrator Mimi Chao, &&& more. It’s a one-time event with limited spots, RSVP to grab a ticket


This Saturday, one of our favorite NYC things is happening: a pop-up between two cool friends. Chell Fish is popping up at Susan Alexandra’s store on 33 Orchard St in the Lower East Side. Stop by from 3-6 for drinks & snacks & shells! special feature

Upstate Side Project Retreat

If you’ve been following along on our stories the last few weeks, you might have caught a few glimpses of a team retreat at a beautiful tiny cabin upstate. While we won’t be revealing the product of our productivity until this Summer, we wanted to share a little bit about our inspiring stay at Offsite Camp and how YOU TOO can get a little more done while being simultaneously off grid and online. Read all about it on the site! 


Cool Friends: Elise Ballegeer

Meet Elise, the founder of boutiques Lahn & Lahn Living - two incredibly cool shops along the same corner of Christopher St & Greenwich ave (two of the chicest blocks in the village!) We caught up with Elise to hear how these West Village staples came about…at the last minute.

What led you to open up your curated West Village boutiques, Lahn & Lahn Living?

It was all a bit last minute to be honest. As an apparel designer myself, initially I had no desire to go into retail, but was exhausted from traveling around doing trade shows and the idea of having one location was appealing. I also felt there were so many great designers out there that weren’t getting representation and I could see the value of what an independent designer boutique brings to both the neighborhood and the designers. The West Village response was incredibly positive and after a while, I realized that the same concept could be done for homewares, and that’s how LAHN Living began.


How do you find brands/designers that you feel represent Lahn's style & mission?

For brands and designers 1 of 3 key factors need to be met in order to be considered at LAHN: 

  1. Women-led

  2. Local or made in USA 

  3. Sustainable or Ethical Practices

Outside of that, there needs to be a real POV that we can get behind aesthetically, I’m not particularly great at articulating what that is, we’ll just call it the ‘it’ factor.


What’s your favorite part about the New York creative community? 

How small it is. It really seems that everyone somehow knows everyone, or soon will. The multi-disciplinary nature is also impressive and I think very unique to New York. I’m not sure if it’s the hustle or the drive to try something new, but most creatives I know have their hands in several different areas and don’t really stay in one lane.


What’s your favorite place in NYC?

I go and sit at the end of the Hudson piers quite a bit. It’s a mini escape, and always brings me perspective. 


What’s inspiring you right now? 

All the gardens, I’m a sucker for spring in New York. Florals for spring? I know…groundbreaking.


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